The Gary Murphy Assassination, A San Francisco Cold Case
Former reporter turned private eye Mike Spencer looks back at a case of his from 1998. Gary Murphy, a three-time convicted felon, came to the door of the halfway house he managed in San Francisco's quiet Outer Sunset District. A man wanted information about the program. When Murphy turned his back to get a business card, the man shot him twice in the back. In a panic, Murphy jumped through a second floor window trying to escape. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The gunman fled to an awaiting car and escaped. Did Murphy's biker, criminal past catch up to him or did the murder-for-hire have something to do with the ongoing custody battle that Murphy was fighting for his 6-year-old daughter. His adversary in the custody battle? The little girl's grandmother, a former client of Oakland private investigator Mike Spencer. Almost nothing about the case has come out since a 2004 article by investigative reporter A.C. Thompson, now of ProPublica. Spencer interviews Thompson to rehash the case and talk about some new developments Spencer uncovered.